The emotions of the multiplex par excellence. While Olympique de Marseille pushed to clinch an even bigger victory and synonymous with 2nd place, this Saturday against Strasbourg (4-0), in a boiling Vélodrome, it was from Lens that came the Marseille salute. The Marseillais did not have to take care of their goal difference to take over Monaco, held in check by the Sang et Or in additional time (2-2).
OM thus finished second to Paris Saint-Germain and therefore qualified for the next Champions League. The Monegasques, 3rd, will have to go through the 3rd preliminary round to access the C1. Stade Rennais (4th) snatched their place in the group stage of the Europa League, winning a point at Lille (2-2) during this 38th and final day of Ligue 1, while OGC Nice (5th), carried by a hat-trick from Andy Delort in Reims (2-3), will also be European.
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A dream end to the match, seven minutes of madness and Olympique de Marseille are in C1. In the 88th minute, Jorge Sampaoli’s players were three goals short of qualifying directly for the next Champions League. Then, everything got packed. Gerson scored his second goal of the evening (89th) and Bakambu thrilled the Stade Vélodrome by taking advantage of a gross error by Matz Sels (90th + 3): 4-0, Cengiz Ünder having also, earlier, found the fault (73rd).
Marseille pushed, Luan Peres tried to score the fifth goal of the game on an individual breakthrough, but he came up against the Strasbourg goalkeeper. A few seconds from the end, the earth ended up shaking in the Marseille city, when the supporters learned that Lens had equalized against Monaco, a goal synonymous with Marseille qualifying for the group stages of the Champions League.
Gerson, scorer against Strasbourg on the 38th day of Ligue 1
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Like last year, the Monegasques will have to go through the preliminary round and the Champions League play-offs. Still on a favorable ballot for direct qualification for the biggest European competitions a few seconds from the end of the match, AS Monaco was finally held to a draw 2-2 on the lawn of RC Lens during the 38th day of the match. League 1.
Hooked by overexcited Lensois, the Asemists had nevertheless done the hardest part in this match by quickly equalizing by Benoît Badiashile (1-1, 34th) after the opener of Przemyslaw Frankowski (1-0, 29th) first, then doubling their mark through their home scorer, Wissam Ben Yedder (1-2, 62nd). Cornered on their goal in the last half-hour one-way, Philippe Clément’s players ended up giving in after extra time on a goal by Lensois captain Seko Fofana (2-2, 90th + 6).
It’s the discomfiture in the Monegasque ranks, at the end of the 38th day of L1 – 21/05/2022
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Stade Rennais has come a long way. While the Bretons could still hope for a place on the podium before facing Lille at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, this Saturday, they almost lost their fourth place on the wire. Unable to pack the meeting, they often suffered the possession and the technical accuracy of the Mastiffs, rewarded by a double from Timothy Weah, on the lookout for a hand fault by Alfred Gomis (11th, 1-0) and author with a fine header from a cross from Celik (2-1, 88′).
Determined for the last of Burak Yilmaz, released to an ovation (81st), the Northerners were taken back twice. Momentarily pushed back to fifth place by Nice’s victory in Reims (2-3), Rennes will be able to say a big thank you to Serhou Guirassy, author of the decisive equalizer with a header, after additional time (2-2, 90 +3e). Benjamin Bourigeaud had previously equalized with a clear half-volley shortly before the break (1-1, 41st). Stade Rennais will therefore be there for the Europa League in a few months.
OGC Nice even began to hope for better. On Saturday, the Aiglons went from a potentially catastrophic end to the season to a return to the “Top 5” synonymous with Europe. Led 2-0 in Reims after 17 minutes of play, following goals from Hugo Ekitike and Kamory Doumbia, they overturned the game thanks to an express hat-trick from their providential man: Andy Delort (75th on penalty, 77th and 82nd minute ).
A defeat of Rennes would have allowed the Niçois to climb to fourth position. But it is therefore the fifth rank that they will have to be content with. Nice thus qualifies for the play-offs for access to the group stage of the Europa League Conference. A relative disappointment, compared to his first half of the season, but a lesser evil in the light of his first quarter of an hour, this Saturday.
Andy Delort hero of the Reims-Nice match (2-3) during the 38th day of Ligue 1
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